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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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1,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 145 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU
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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The one review that was on the other side of the page from the Simon Pearse tasting on Park Avenue a few weeks back. Thanks to this site, I learned of the style of the beer while sipping in a standard plastic sampler cup. Appeareance was partially cloudy light red with orange tints with an impressive dark tan head that laced even in the sampler cup and kept a full cap. The nose was gentle on the nose with toasted grains and small doses of hops. Taste follows the nose with the toasted aspect, but I sensed something different from what I've tried in the past and attribute to the style. It's mellow on all fronts by design Herbal essence through out and spiced clean and dry background. This being my first alt, I enjoyed Longtrails version and for better or worse shall be my benchmark going forward.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of wiseguy142
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoaa this is an Altbier? That just happens to be one of my favorite styles. I thought it was going to be an APA but that's a nice surprise.

Pour is like a darker version of Sam Adams Boston Lager- very iced tea like with good visible carbonation. Perfect clarity. Light brown at the thickest parts at the glass but a very clear yellow around the edges.

Aroma smells strongly of honey and iced tea, with a sharp crispness from the grain and little to no hop aroma.

Taste begins very bland- a very "average" beer but it soon ramps up with strong hints of honey and light caramel malt. Severly lacking in roasted malt character for an altbier. No real malt complexity or depth. Really more like some sort of English amber lager... Moderate astringency towards the finish.

Mouthfeel comes dangerously close to the "this beer feels like soda syndrome." But falls just short of what I would say is flawed.

This is a clean finishing, crisp beer, whose saving grace is the honey notes found in it but is otherwise it needs a serious dash of flavor to bring it to Altbier standards.

Photo of JMD
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper color with 1 inch off white head that dissipates slowly. Leaves some small lacing on the glass.

S: Faint aroma of bread and hops. Light floral hops as well.

T: Bisquity malt and carmel. Followed by a soft touch of hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with little carbonation.

D: This is a decent ale that goes down smooth. I could easily drink more than one of these at time. Not the most flavorful ale, but solid nonetheless.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of scottg
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with lots of little bubbles rising up the glass. The one finger white head consists of lots of little bubbles also, dissipates quickly with little lacing. Caramelized malt, grapefruit and some floral aromas are present. Up front flavors of lemony/tealike hops lead to some subltle malt that continues to grow in strength until it returns to the lemon/tealike hoppy finish, nicely balanced. Medium carbonation, medium body, it leaves a creamy mouthfeel with a tart ending. Good drinkability, the tart ending balances the sweet malt in the middle begging you to come back for another sip.

Photo of Paul68
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of kelticblood
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a foaming white head.Good amounts white silky lace around my glass.The aroma was of hops with a biscuity smell also.The taste presented a medium to full bodied Ale with a malt thickness.The color had a light amber red hue and was maybe a little orange.Very easy on the mouth and smooth on the way down.The finish was of wheat and grains.Not very bitter with a clean dry aftertaste.A solid Ale I could drink with no problems.

Note:If you can get it on tap do so,because its alot better.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap somewhere in NH.

A: Pours a dark copper/amber color. Half a finger of foam, decent lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma. A little bit of hoppiness, but not much overall.

T: Balanced is the first thought I had. There's a bit of a hops kick, followed by a bit of a malt sweetness, but nothing is really overly dominant. Alcohol really isn't noticeable. A good straight-forward ale.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation for the style. Since it's fairly well-balanced, there's no alcohol burn, and the hops aren't strong enough to really be bitter.

D: High. You could throw this one down for days on end. Easily drinkable. A good standard ale.

Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.